What are the benefits of becoming a CORE participant?

Joining the Core Program can provide a number of benefits for individuals and communities that have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization. These benefits include:

Access to Resources and Support

Provides a range of resources and support to help individuals and communities access and succeed in the legal cannabis industry, such as technical assistance, training and financing.

Funding Opportunities

Access to state grant funds for grant programs and no interest revolving loan program.

Waived Fees

No Business Operating Permit (BOP) fees, no expedited building plan review fees.

Priority Processing

Supports the participation of individuals and communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization in the legal cannabis industry through priority processing of permits, which increases the chances of success and growth by obtaining a business operating permit faster and becoming operational sooner.

Invest in Communities

Invests in and supports the development of communities disproportionately impacted by cannabis criminalization, helping to create jobs, businesses, and social programs, which can benefit the community as whole.

Support for social and economic equity

By promoting social and economic equity in the cannabis industry and supporting the economic and social development of communities that were most affected by cannabis criminalization, the CORE Program can improve the livelihoods of individuals and families, and foster greater social and economic justice.

Business opportunities

Joining the CORE program can provide the opportunity to start businesses, or access business grants, which can help to jumpstart a new business venture and allow participants to be part of the legal cannabis industry.

Hear from Our Participants

"CORE helped me along the way. It helped me with licensing, helped me find a building in the Green Zone, and kept me up to date with the changing laws that are going on in Sacramento. I want to see everyone do better and I want the industry to be shown in a positive light because there are a lot of good people in this community"

- Jerard Johnson, Trees of Knowledge